It’s tax season and that means one thing (hopefully): big ‘ol tax refunds. You’ve spent an entire year busting your ass, giving away bits of your hard-earned dough to the government and now it’s time to get some of that back.
You could pay off some bills or you could do something else smart like put it away for a rainy day, but let’s face it, we all know what we want to do with it—blow it on something awesome.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of expensive spirits to suit just about any palate and most price ranges, after refund. The list is not exhaustive—we can go on and on about scotches that cost into the thousands, et cetera—but we wanted to give you a list to at least get your tax day shopping started right.
Opthimus 25 Year Old Rum, Malt Whisky Finish
A Double Gold-award winning and high-scoring rum, the dark mahogany spirit was finished in American and French oak barrels and brings cranberries and woods to the mouth with a syrup-like finish. ($94)
Hibiki 21 Year
Whiskey production isn’t just for North Americans and the British Isles. Suntory’s Hibiki 21 Year Old has been named some of the best in the world. The 21 year is “full of grace. Tenderly unfolding a calm essence,” with fruits, wood and honey notes. ($215)
Glenmorangie 25 Years Old
Aged in a variety of casks, this whiskey pulls taste buds in a slew of directions ranging from blackberries to chocolate to jelly. ($658)
Cambridge Distillery Watenshi
Just six bottles of this one were made, so if stumbled upon, drink it down. Distiller Will Lowe figured out how to capture 15 milliliters of evaporated gin in every distillation of his Japanese-style gin – it took 100 for each bottle. Six bottles are produced each year and there is a waiting list. ($2,000)
Macallan 6th Masters of Photography
A collaboration with photographer Steven Klein, only 1,000 bottles have been produced all with a signed print by Klein. Only 100 of those bottles are allocated to the U.S. and an email inquiry is required to purchase. With spicy smokiness, chocolate and orange notes, it’s probably worth it.The series has included collabs with Annie Leibowitz, Elliott Erwitt and Mario Testino. ($2,995)
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